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Stay Protected: Get a Tetanus Booster

Tetanus shots are required every 10 years. Are you up-to-date with your shots?

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Meningococcal vaccine. This vaccine should be considered for those who are:

  • At increased risk of becoming infected, such as persons with a damaged spleen or removed spleen.
  • At risk for exposure: travel to areas of the world where meningococcal disease is common, such as to certain parts of Africa or to Saudi Arabia during the Hajj.
  • Going to live in a college dormitory or military barracks.

This vaccine protects against infection that can cause life-threatening meningococcal disease, including meningitis.

HPV vaccine (human papillomavirus vaccine). The HPV vaccine is currently recommended for women 26 or younger who haven't already received it. You should not get this vaccine if you are pregnant. The HPV vaccine protects against types of HPV responsible for 70% of cervical cancers and 90% of genital warts.

Before you become pregnant, discuss your vaccine and immunization history with your health care provider. If you need vaccines for chickenpox or measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), wait at least four weeks after the immunization before becoming pregnant.

If you are pregnant, your children should receive their immunizations on schedule. You do not need to speed up or delay your child's immunizations.

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Reviewed on April 26, 2007

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